In your bag No: 1369, Nicholas Goodden
Nicholas has a really lovely looking bag for us today. Look at how beaten and weathered that leather bag is. My father would have had a fit if I allowed my bag to get like that, lol. But now the weathered look is what the people want. A true modern retro bag.

I can’t think of many street photographers in their right minds who’d wish to carry a heavy camera bag full of lenses and big cameras.

I’m no different. In recent years actually I have made a point of reducing everything I carry to the bare minimum. It’s a great exercise which you can apply in life too. So much stuff we do not need.

My camera bag is simple. 75% of the time, it’s the leather ONA Bowery for leisure urban walks. Bit man bag’ish though… However it often happens that I just grab a regular backpack.

My everyday camera for street photography is a Pen-F by Olympus, even though I own an A7RII for client jobs. Still… I prefer the Pen-F for street photography, it’s quiet, small and light.

Lens-wise, I usually shoot with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 ASPH DG Summilux. I like a 50mm (equivalent) focal. 

My second choice is the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 which is a fabulous manual lens but a tad heavy and if the day is going to be long, it’s not really my first option. I do love its unique aesthetic though and manual focusing forces me to slow down.

My third alternative is the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Not the best of these three optically but still excellent and most importantly it’s tiny and ultra-light. Pair it with the Pen-F and it’s easy to forget a camera is dangling from your neck.

Oh… talking of neck… I use a few straps which I keep rotating. Cub & Co leather camera straps are great, so are Roberu. If it’s a wrist strap you prefer I go for either Angelo Pelle or Tap & Dye.

A spare battery, my travel card and a lens wipe… that’s it!

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Nicholas. At first glance I couldn’t tell what the camera was, but now I fee the Pen DNA coming through.
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